The Utah Jazz have not played since Monday. I personally was not able to watch that game so for me it seems like it has been AGES since the Jazz have played.
The Lakers come into town on a three game losing streak and without Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Jazz-killer, Steve Blake. The thing is for the Utah Jazz, since the early 2000's, no matter the circumstances, no matter the game, no game is an easy game for the Jazz against the Lakers. The Lakers can be playing their worst ball of the season and still dominate the Jazz. The Lakers are currently playing the worst they have all season and I am still scared for this game. The Lakers have lost three in-a-row and 4-of-6. After ugly losses against the Golden State Warriors and Jeff Hornacek's Phoenix Suns, the Lakers can hang their hats on that at least they battled against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day.
About the Lakers current woes and how the schedule can help them via ESPN:
If the Jazz want to win I think this would be a good article to have up in the locker room. No one likes to be thought of as any easy win.
Do Jazz fans want the Jazz to win? Do they want the Lakers to lose and have them give up on the season (not from this one loss) and have the Lakers in the lottery with the Jazz? With the Jazz's luck vs the Lakers luck, I don't see the Jazz ever getting the higher pick.
Tonight will be the Jazz's first home game after a long road trip and a long break. The Jazz should come out with a bunch of energy. The Jazz should jump out to an early lead. I don't know who's the better team right now its hard to predict who will win the game tonight.
I remember Randy Rigby telling 1280 last season that they are allowed to request a few games a year of when they want a home game and which team. Last season they wanted Jimmer and the Sacramento Kings the Friday after Thanksgiving. It feels like this is probably one of those requested games for this season, the Lakers at home the Friday after Christmas, doesn't seem like it just happens.
PF- Marvin Williams
C- Derrick Favors
SF- Richard Jefferson
SG- Gordon Hayward
PG- Trey Burke
(Its funny how only one player is really starting where they should start or should be starting at all... which is Trey at point guard. Marvin Williams should come off the bench. Derrick Favors should start at PF. Richard Jefferson is an emergency only player and Gordon Hayward should be starting at his natural position of SF... #OhTy)
PF - Shawne Williams
C- Pau Gasol
SF- Xavier Henry
SG- Wesley Johnson
PG- Jodie Meeks
Kobe Bryant - SG - Hyperextended knee
Steve Blake - PG- Torn elbow ligament
Steve Nash - PG- Sore back
Wesley Johnson is going to be a Jazz-killer tonight
Alec Burks will lead the Jazz in scoring
Trey Burke will reach double digit assists
Pau Gasol will argue every call against him
All media will praise Richard Jefferson if he scores more than 10 points and the Jazz win. (Even if he gives up 25+ on defense)
What are your predictions for the game?
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